Allen Ginsberg talks about writing techniques. At the beginning of the workshop, he describes the Naropa custom of bowing to begin an event. This workshop took place during the 1982 Jack Kerouac Conference at the Naropa Institute.
February 14, 2005
Clear Insights into Writing
Allen discusses Kerouac's "Belief and Technique for Modern Prose" and some of his Mind Writing Slogans. Class is full of real-life unpacking of these ideas and Ginsberg is very clear and articulate. Class ends with an assignment based on Buddhist psychology (I believe here he is referring to a Buddhist notion of micro-moments of attention and how they form consciousness that I found in Sekida's Zen Training (chapter 10: "Three Nen Actions"). If you had to listen to just one class, this is IT!
0-8: Intro, Bowing
8: "Nothing to Lose" anti-artificial ethic of 20th century art
12:45: Belief and Technique for Modern Prose
29ish: Projective Verse Tangent- Olsen (interesting discussion of feedback of trying to outsmart yourself)
41:16: How do you locate the mental flow?? Thinking in images, words, rythym & How to "rub out the word".
53:20: Time to Write- Kerouac, Burroughs, Ginsberg workday
54:30: Negative Capability
1:02: Discusses his mindtricks which became Mind Writing Slogans
1:08: Write a 3 line poem consisting in ...
1. Flashing on the undifferentiated space/universe (heaven)
2. Recognizing the exact place you are (earth)
3. Afterthought or ripple of comment (man)
1:13: Trying to reconcile Buddhadharma with Bop Prosody for practical writing, poems.
1:15: 3 minute meditate in silence: NOT trying to write poetry- then write for 3-4 minutes- then sit down and be quiet for 3 minutes
1:22: Homework: 5 times wake up and come back to yourself and stand for three minutes empty minded and write three line poem- flash recognition afterthought
1:25: Ginsberg reads the poem he just wrote
Thanks Naropa Library and its patrons!